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Valuation
Homebuyer
Report
Building
Survey
Help you make a reasoned and informed decision
as to whether to proceed, reconsider or renegotiate on the purchase
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Identify potential problems
such as any repairs or replacements the property needs including inspecting roofs, chimneys and other surfaces on the outside of the building from ground level
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Can help you negotiate a better property price
Where problems are discovered or a lower valuation is given, buyers are enabled to negotiate a lower buying price
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Show traffic light ratings
which give you a green/amber/red condition of your property in an easy-to-understand format
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Prepare you
for potential costly repairs after you move in
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Completed by a RICS Surveyor
Surveyor Local’s national panel of surveyors are fully qualified and highly experienced chartered surveyors
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Independent valuation
gives you a professional valuation of the property, helping prevent you from paying too much for the property
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Exhaustive report
a more indepth survey on construction, issues and defects
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Appropriate for all properties
a suitable survey, irrespective of age, construction type, condition and level of modification
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Highlights urgent issues
Reports on any defects needing urgent attention
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Ongoing maintenance
Professional recommendations on repairs and maintenance
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Building reinstatement costs
Included for insurance purposes
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Appropriate for standard property types
Suitable for properties built later than1900 of standard construction (brick and tile)
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Appropriate for unusual property types
Suitable for a older, unusually constructed (e.g. thatch roof) or extensively modified properties (e.g. extended) or those in need of modernisation
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Advice for your solicitor
Observations that may impact the legal title investigation conducted by your solicitor.
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Need a Building Survey? Which survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Thornhill

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when you are purchasing a home constructed from standard materials i.e. tile and brick, not dilapidated and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Thornhill

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Thornhill) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more exhaustive. Opt for this when buying a non standard , for example thatched roof homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Thornhill

    This is an independent valuation . This report is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Thornhill and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is basically the same the same survey.

If the Thornhill property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any works or an extension on the property, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it does give a thorough analysis of the Thornhill property's condition in addition to an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more information you can get an instant Thornhill Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Roof defects identified during a survey

The vendor said that damage to the parapet had been a concern. What aspects of the attic will be investigated?

This often causes anxiety for buyers in Thornhillwith a roofing 'horror story' from a previous home. Many homes could unfortunately be experiencing difficulties with the roof, for example, poor insulation. All parts of the roof must be considered during the survey. This can include anything from collar beams to slates. Factors like holes or cracks in the waterproof layer are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.

An expensive quote for roofing jobs (such as replacing rotten rafters or soffits) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A roofing contractor in Thornhill with accreditation can provide a quote. Contact Roofenknik of 33 Dippol Cr, Auchinleck, Cumnock, KA18 2BZ on 0800-731 5918 for more information.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a property in Thornhill and saw evidence of that there is a 22mm gap between the garage wall and the door frame, could this be evidence of subsidence? What subsidence-related defects will my home survey inspect?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures experience some minor cracking. New buildings in Thornhill and properties with new structural alterations will be particularly susceptible. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water accumulates in soil. This causes the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground and can sometimes become unstable and slip down the incline. In some cases, the presence of organic material, which begins to rot, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Willow trees, for example, are often the culprits of serious subsidence. Buyers are often surprised to learn that a willow tree should be planted no neared than 40m from a home. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

Damaged Render

What will the Chartered Surveyor consider on a stucco Victorian home in Thornhill.

Stucco (aka pargetting) is a kind of smooth render. Normally it is layered over brick hardens to a smooth surface that is sometimes scored to resemble stone. The coating is highly attractive and was found on Victorian and Georgian properties. Stucco is often prone to defect and Surveyors frequently reveal any number of problems for instance when settlement of the wall results in cracking of the surface. Other potential problems might result from the burden of heavy load above such as cracking under concrete slate roofs. Re-coating problems with stucco may be expensive as skilled tradesmen are getting rarer.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Thornhill and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is basically the same the same survey.

If the Thornhill property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any works or an extension on the property, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it does give a thorough analysis of the Thornhill property's condition in addition to an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more information you can get an instant Thornhill Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Roof defects identified during a survey

The vendor said that damage to the parapet had been a concern. What aspects of the attic will be investigated?

This often causes anxiety for buyers in Thornhillwith a roofing 'horror story' from a previous home. Many homes could unfortunately be experiencing difficulties with the roof, for example, poor insulation. All parts of the roof must be considered during the survey. This can include anything from collar beams to slates. Factors like holes or cracks in the waterproof layer are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.

An expensive quote for roofing jobs (such as replacing rotten rafters or soffits) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A roofing contractor in Thornhill with accreditation can provide a quote. Contact Roofenknik of 33 Dippol Cr, Auchinleck, Cumnock, KA18 2BZ on 0800-731 5918 for more information.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a property in Thornhill and saw evidence of that there is a 22mm gap between the garage wall and the door frame, could this be evidence of subsidence? What subsidence-related defects will my home survey inspect?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures experience some minor cracking. New buildings in Thornhill and properties with new structural alterations will be particularly susceptible. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water accumulates in soil. This causes the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground and can sometimes become unstable and slip down the incline. In some cases, the presence of organic material, which begins to rot, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Willow trees, for example, are often the culprits of serious subsidence. Buyers are often surprised to learn that a willow tree should be planted no neared than 40m from a home. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

Damaged Render

What will the Chartered Surveyor consider on a stucco Victorian home in Thornhill.

Stucco (aka pargetting) is a kind of smooth render. Normally it is layered over brick hardens to a smooth surface that is sometimes scored to resemble stone. The coating is highly attractive and was found on Victorian and Georgian properties. Stucco is often prone to defect and Surveyors frequently reveal any number of problems for instance when settlement of the wall results in cracking of the surface. Other potential problems might result from the burden of heavy load above such as cracking under concrete slate roofs. Re-coating problems with stucco may be expensive as skilled tradesmen are getting rarer.

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